The House of Sew is a small group and private lesson sewing studio in Edmonton, Alberta. Students learn everything from the basics of sewing to master tailoring in our classes. We have over 20 years of experience with sewing, plus international training from some of the best in the fashion industry.
We believe in accessible, affordable education for people to develop new skills for work or fun. Our aim is not only to provide an inspirational and supportive environment to learn a new skill but to also help contribute to a more sustainable world.
We hope to see you soon in the studio.
Hello! My name is Beverly. I am a designer, pattern cutter, seamstress, and lover of fine details. Next to my craft, music is my life and I live for dance parties! I believe it is the best kind of therapy and there is no better feeling than closing your eyes and giving into the beat. In the raps of Mike D, “I’ve been through many times in which I thought I might lose it. The only thing that saved me, has always been music. Cause life ain’t nothing but a good groove. A good mixtape to put you in the right mood.”
So the story goes a little something like this: I was an eager 7-year old, I wanted to do everything my mother could do, cook, bake, sew, knit, illustrate. My mother used to make me and my sister matching outfits. One of us would always end up with the pink dress. Back then, I really despised the colour pink! Eventually she taught me how to make tiny doll clothes for my plastic girls. I was so determined to make as many tiny clothing as possible that she would give me heck for using her machines without permission (her beloved Kenmore went in for servicing a number of times from me jamming the feed dogs). To avoid getting caught and future confrontations with my mother, I had to learn quickly how to adjust the tension and to re-thread the overlocker. As I got another year older, I went on to explore the world of pattern cutting and developing my skills as a seamstress. It is safe to say, my mother was my biggest influence and inspiration.
In 2007, I moved across the pond to vibrant London, England in pursuit of fulfilling my passion as a designer. I studied fashion design and graduated from Istituto Marangoni in 2010. During my internship at Markus Lupfer, I learnt a great deal about pattern cutting, production, and day-to-day studio operations. As competition was fierce and paid fashion positions in London were scarce, I started my own label while taking on freelance contracts. My most favourite opportunities to date includes: assisting in wardrobe on set for 4 Creative projects, tailoring at Ralph Lauren for the USOC during the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games, working on various photoshoots, and competing as a selected finalist for the 2012 Mittelmoda Fashion Awards and 2014 Mercedes Benz Start-Up Program. You can view a selection of my work by clicking here.
Being based in London, my brain was constantly stimulated and overdosing on talent, culture, and inspiration. It up the ante for me and pushed my eye to see the world in multiple perspectives. The cut-throat environment provided me the necessary skills to perform under immense pressure and to create beyond my limits. London, I love you, you will always have my heart, but as I am getting older, I want to sustain and have some form of stability. And so now here we are, at The House of Sew.
My move home was inspired by the progress and growth of my home city and my appreciation for everyone who stayed to make it special. So many exciting things happening in Edmonton right now and I want to be a part of that growth. I want to contribute to my community by creating a space where we can all learn to live more sustainably and a place where I can teach my craft. Sharing is caring, don’t you agree?
Welcome to The House of Sew.
Love, B x